How to delete your Plenty of Fish account

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There are many reasons why you might want to delete your Plenty of Fish (POF) account. Whether you've finally found the perfect catch, want to take a break from the dating game, or have decided to use one of the other dating sites or apps, we understand why you might want to close your account.

Opposed to Tinder, Plenty of Fish focuses more on compatibility than a simple swipe left and right method to find a mate. You'll need to fill out a few pages of questions about yourself (hobbies, aspirations, and, oddly enough, even your family) before you can move on.



In this article, we'll show you how to delete your Plenty of Fish account and give you some more tips!

Like most platforms, you can either permanently delete your entire profile or just hide it. With the latter, people won't be able to find you on the website, which could be a perfect solution if you're hesitant to completely call the time on the site. We'll show you how to do both.

First, here's how to permanently delete your POF account.

How to permanently delete your Plenty of Fish account

Deleting your Plenty of Fish account means you're ready to let it all go forever. This means that all your connections, conversations and even your previous photos will be deleted from the dating service.

When you're ready to say "goodbye" to Plenty of Fish and all it has to offer, follow these steps:


Visit this webpage. Log on to the Plenty of Fish website if prompted.

Fill in the selections then click 'Delete account. '


Unfortunately, the app version of Plenty of Fish does not give you the option to delete your account. You will need to use a mobile web browser like Chrome, Safari, or Mozilla to do this on a mobile device. But, the steps are very similar.

How to hide your Plenty of Fish profile

If you just want to take a break from dating for a while, but think you want to come back to Plenty of Fish at a later date, hiding your profile is probably the best option.

This is the perfect option for anyone not ready to permanently delete everything from their Plenty of Fish account. Maybe you're having memories, or just want to take a break anyway, follow these steps to hide your profile:

Go to http://www.pof.com. Log in to your Plenty of Fish account. Click on 'Edit profile' at the top of the web page.

Scroll to 'Profile visibility' and click on the bubble next to 'Hide profile. '

Your profile will no longer appear in any suggestions or search results. If you want to view your profile at any time, just follow the same steps to get back on the market.

It's worth mentioning that several users complained about the lack of this option, and according to our tests, it also gave us problems. Our workaround was to use incognito mode to access the Plenty of Fish website.



If for some reason Plenty of Fish isn't cooperating, open a private browsing session and the problem should resolve itself. Otherwise, you may need to contact the support team for further assistance.

Edit your profile

If you want to delete your POF account because you're not meeting anyone, consider updating your profile first. A good profile can bring more connections and therefore more dates.

Due to the nature of Plenty of Fish's compatibility goal, it's a good idea to update your profile periodically to stay relevant and appealing to a new group of people.

Of course, there are some things you don't want to change like your age or what you're looking for (marriage, casual, etc.). But, you can edit your hobbies, interests, photos and other details. Plenty of Fish also gives you plenty of room to write an intriguing and informative biography.

To update your profile, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Plenty of Fish and tap on “Profile” in the top right corner. Then tap on “Edit profile”.
  2. Scroll through the list of updated options as you wish.
  3. When done, click “Save Changes” at the bottom.

As you can see, we haven't put much thought into our conversation starters, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't. Be creative and authentic when writing your profile and other details. There are thousands of people on Plenty of Fish, so you'll want to stand out. Also make sure to stay true to yourself (eg when fulfilling what you are looking for in a partner and the future). Otherwise, you might find a match that won't work in the long run.



Frequently Asked Questions

Many fish, as well as other dating sites, can be complicated (as if dating wasn't complicated enough already), which is why we've added more answers to your questions here!

How do I cancel my paid subscription?

Like many sites, you can choose to upgrade your account from a standard profile to one that gives you more benefits and increases your chances of finding the perfect match. But, if you feel like you're just not getting any benefit, undoing is easy.

We like this option because you don't have to permanently delete your account. You simply change your subscription to one that doesn't cost you any money.

To cancel your subscription, follow these steps:

1. Go to this site and log in.

2. On your phone, click your account page on the left. If you're on a computer, click on the 'Premium' page at the top.

3. Select the "Click here to let your upgrade expire" hyperlink.

4. Confirm that you want to stop your subscription.

When the billing cycle renews, you will no longer be billed for the service.

Can I reactivate a deleted account?

Unfortunately no. When you follow the steps above to delete your account, there is no option to reactivate it. However, if the POF team deletes your account for spamming or violating community guidelines, you can email to see if they will reactivate your account for you.

How can I cancel my account if I can't log in?

This is a fairly common question. People often open accounts and then neglect them for a long time. When you finally decide to cancel the account, you may have forgotten the login details. Of course, if you remember your email address or username, you can select the "Forgot password" link on the login page.

Remember that you can open your email client and search for "Lots of Fish" using the search bar. When you first signed up for the service, you would have received a confirmation email. Check which address it was sent to and use that email address to recover your account so you can cancel it.

But, if you forgot these two details, you may need to contact POF support.

Can someone find me by searching for my username?

Contrary to popular belief, yes. Another user can find your account by searching for your username. But this is only available for paid accounts. If you have an active paid subscription with POF, the search bar will appear. From here you can search for any other user on the platform.

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